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The Death Chamber at a correctional facility. (credit: Mike Simons/Getty Images)

U.S. Executions Nearly At 20-Year Low

Reliance on the death penalty continues to decline with 39 people executed this year, only the second time in 19 years that fewer than 40 people were put to death, a private group reported Thursday.

12/19/2013

File photo of a table upon which lethal injections are administered. (Photo by Virginia Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

Report: Few States Have Bulk Of Executions

Just four states carried out more than three-fourths of the executions in the United States this year, while another 23 states have not put an inmate to death in 10 years, an anti-capital punishment group reports.

12/18/2012

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